Will the Chancellor waive the rail fare increase?

The Chancellor has the power to cancel the rise in rail fares next year - he reduced the amount they would increase by this year - but that is not to say that he will.

A source at the Department for Transport said "we have to be realistic about pressure on the Treasury" to reduce the national deficit.

Under the current plan for an average price rise of 6.2%, a season ticket between Sheffield and London will cost £2,172 while a season ticket between London and Northampton will rise to £5,050.

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Rail fares set to rise by 6.2%

Commuters in England face 6.2% rise in average train fares after a shock increase in the Retail Prices Index measure of inflation. Cars, air fares, clothing and housing are being blamed for the surprise rise in the Consumer Prices Index of inflation.